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Projects Manager – Group Scheme (Sappi)

Location: KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa
Sector: Forestry
Contract Type: Permanent

Projects Manager – Group Scheme

Sappi Southern Africa

Country:  South Africa
City:  Pietermaritzburg
Location:  Forestry – Victoria Country Club Estate
Department:  Forestry Management

We are hiring!

We’re on the lookout for a Projects Manager – Group Scheme to manage the Group Scheme and Chain of custody for Sappi Forests in line with the requirements of the relevant certification schemes.

As a Project Manager – Group Scheme you will be responsible for:

  • Oversee the compliance and certification processes within the group scheme
  • Implement an effective monitoring system, appointing auditors and managing non-compliance issues
  • Maintain and update procedures and standards
  • Handle member relations, including their acceptance, termination and encouragement of eligible non-certified member to join
  • Organise annual events and manage incentive payments
  • Compile budget and reports
  • Ensure proper use of trademarks and liaison with certification bodies
  • Maintain the integrity of the chain of custody for products
  • Implement the requirements related to the marketing and sale of products, such as timber legality and the controlled wood due diligence system
  • Provide and effective monitoring system to ensure that Sappi Forests comply with the requirements of the relevant certification system
  • Appoint auditors and follow up on non-compliance and ensure it is corrected
  • Maintain documented procedures related to chain of custody
  • Provide information to the relevant certification body as and when required
  • Distribute any national risk assessments to relevant stakeholders
  • Train staff involved in chain of custody
  • Compile an annual report for chain of custody
  • Ensure that labelling and timber accounting records are accurate and meet chain of custody requirements on Timber Control System (TCS)
  • Handle complaints & appeals from stakeholders or auditors
  • Liaise with relevant certification body
  • Keep abreast of certification requirements
  • Maintain, review and update procedures relevant to certification on Metabuilder
  • Particpate in projects relevant to regional objectives
  • Maintain relationships with specialist organisations to keep abreast with techincal developments
  • Inform Fibre Supply and Resources staff and timber growers of latest available information and technical knowledge to improve cost effective fibre production
  • Ensure technical alerts from Research are distributed to timber growers

What are we looking for?

  • Tertiary qualification in forestry, agriculture or natural science
  • At least 8 years experience in timber procurement and/or forestry management
  • A few years’ experience of attending audits (internal and external) advantageous
  • Training in certification

What’s in it for you?

  • Opportunity to work within a global organisation that continues to thrive in a rapidly changing world even after 80 years of existence.
  • Learning and development programmes to fast-track your career within Sappi.
  • Opportunities to travel (dependent on upon the role).
  • Market leading leave benefits.
  • Employee wellbeing benefits.

Sappi is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. At Sappi, we encourage and support vaccination.

 Closing date for applications: 08 August 2024

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Diesel Mechanic (Yonder Lea Timber)

Location: Eastern Cape and South Africa
Sector: Forestry
Contract Type: Permanent

Diesel Mechanic

Employment offered: Diesel Mechanic
Company: Yonder Lea Timber
Location: Stutterheim, Eastern Cape

Suitable candidates are hereby invited to apply for the position of Diesel Mechanic at Yonder Lea Timber, a forestry and timber manufacturing company.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant qualification or at least 10 years’ experience in a similar industry
  • Extensive knowledge of forestry fleet, yellow plant and transport fleet
  • Works well in a team environment and self-motivated to work independently
  • Valid drivers license

Brief Job Description and duties:

  • Daily breakdown repairs to Bell Loggers and tractors infield
  • Servicing and recording keeping of large fleet of trucks at workshop
  • Workshop management including issuing and recoding of spares
  • Implementation of comprehensive preventative maintenance programme
  • Coordination and management of mechanic assistants

Conditions and requirements:

  • Willing to work overtime on occasions and Saturdays for maintenance
  • Capable of working in forestry intense weather conditions
  • Fluency in isiXhosa an added advantage
  • Contactable references with detailed history

 Closing date for applications: 15 July 2024
Should you not receive correspondence by 19 July 2024, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

Request CV

    Ref: 1161379
    Nationality: Nigerian
    Qualifications: HND and M-Tech
    Annual Package Range: NGN 1.85 mil - 2.0 mil, per annum
    Total Years Experience: 6 to 10 years
    Home and other languages: English
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: African / Black

    Principal Forest Technologist

    Online Interview Questions

    Current / most recent job title?
    Principal Forest Technologist

    1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
    Conduct various research into forest products/forest management

    2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:
    Tree seedlings production, trees planting, forest products and bee keeping

    3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
    An environmentalist, silviculturist

    4. Ideal business title: 
    Principal forest technology

    5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
    Research in forest products and tree planting

    6. Skill area of competence:
    Tree seedlings production, tree planting/plantation Establishment and Bee keeping/Honey Production

    7. Career summary:

    • 8 years forest silviculture/forest management
    • 2 year personnel management

    8. Achievements: 
    Tree seedlings sold, honey sold and forest management and silvicultural practices carried out

    9. What do you absolutely love doing?
    Seedlings production, tree planting and plantation establishment to the solve problem rural- urban migration

    10. Ideal company (culture and values):
    Environmental related

    Request CV

      Ref: 1171353
      Nationality: Nigerian
      Qualifications: BSc - Forestry and Msc Forestry
      Annual Package Range: NGN 4.1 mil - 4.5 mil, per annum
      Total Years Experience: 12 - 15 years
      Home and other languages: English
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity: African / Black

      Project Officer (Forestry)

      Online Interview Questions

      Current / most recent job title?
      Project Officer

      1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

      • Management of projects
      • Supervision of staff
      • Preparing of annual reports
      • Conduct training for farmers and staff
      • Research and development
      • Conservation of wildlife, trees and wetlands
      • Farm management and development

      2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

      • Silviculture operations
      • Nursery management
      • Coordination of staff and farmers

      3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

      • Honesty
      • Hardworking
      • Integrity with zealous mind
      • Team work to achieved targets and goals

      4. Ideal business title: 
      Project and farm management

      5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

      • Record keeping
      • Proper accountability of farm produce sales, for example; cassava, plantain and banana

      6. Skill area of competence:
      Computer Microsoft

      7. Career summary:

      • 15 years Forestry and wildlife management
        12 years Project management

      8. Achievements:

      • Solution to logistics issues, compared to to the past
      • Breaking of dormancy of Allanblackia seeds, using vegetative propagation methods, which reduced from 12 months to 4 months, which percentage rate of 85%, to saved over $1.5 for the Agency.

      9. What do you absolutely love doing?

      • Farming
      • Travelling
      • Gardening

      10. Ideal company (culture and values):

      • A good and zealous mind team
      • Eco friendly environment
      • Non discriminatory office
      • Best office practices

      Request CV

        Ref: 1160377
        Nationality: Zimbabwean
        Qualifications: BSc and EMBA
        Annual Package Range: ZWL 251 000 - 350 000, per annum
        Total Years Experience: 11 to 15 years
        Home and other languages: English
        Gender: Male
        Ethnicity: African / Black

        General Manager

        Online Interview Questions

        Current / most recent job title
        General Manager

        1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

        • Strategically leading the company to reach its objectives and goals.
        • Give feedback to management on Board resolution and direction.
        • To pursue the company to make profit and dividend to the shareholder.

        2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

        • Planning for the company to achieve strategic goals.
        • Organisation of company inter-related departments to reach targets.
        • Leading the organisation in difficult times.
        • Controlling the resources to reach organisation goals.

        3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

        • Goal-oriented person
        • Attention to detail
        • Passionate about work
        • Results oriented person

        4. Ideal business title:
        General Manager

        5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

        • Performance management of key line managers
        • Budget control of the company
        • Implementation of company policies
        • Customer satisfaction
        • Project management

        6. Skill area of competence:

        • Lean manufacturing
        • Production management
        • Project management

        7. Career summary:

        • 10 years forestry
        • 15 years wood preservation

        8. Achievements:

        • Leading the unit to profitability from lose making.
        • Winning quality assurance awards.
        • Implementing lean manufacturing.
        • Reduce customer complaints.

        9. What do you absolutely love doing?

        • Project management
        • Quality training and implementation
        • Lean manufacturing implementation

        10. Ideal company (culture and values):

        • Accredited company with ISO certification
        • MaleLean manufacturing company

        Request CV

          Ref: 1160863
          Nationality: South African
          Qualifications: B-Tech - Forestry
          Annual Package Range: ZAR 451 000 - 550 000, per annum
          Total Years Experience: 16 to 20 years
          Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans
          Gender: Male
          Ethnicity: Coloured

          Plantation Manager

          Online Interview Questions

          Current / most recent job title?
          Plantation Manager

          1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
          Overall Management of Estate, Own and Contractor Management

          2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:
          Management of Monthly and total Budget cost, as well as Safety of own and Contractor operations

          3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
          Committed and purpose driven

          4. Ideal business title: 
          Area Manager: Forestry

          5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
          Strategies, more effective management of time and breaking down silos

          6. Skill area of competence:
          20 years: Forestry

          7. Achievements: 
          By effectively networking with other Stakeholders to reach common goals and objectives

          8. What do you absolutely love doing?
          Plan and execute

          9. Ideal company (culture and values):
          Forestry company, good work ethics, ability to adapt, be flexible and appreciate the human component

          Request CV

            Ref: 1159805
            Nationality: Zimbabwean
            Qualifications: BSc - Forestry and Masters
            Annual Package Range: USD 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
            Total Years Experience: 3 to 5 years
            Home and other languages: Other, English
            Gender: Male
            Ethnicity: African / Black

            Forest Inventory Manager

            Online Interview Questions

            Current / most recent job title?
            Forest Inventory Manager

            1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
            To provide timely Forest Inventory data through use of GIS and Remote Sensing technology

            2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

            • Forest Mapping
            • Forest Inventory Field work
            • Forest Planning

            3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
            I’m a fast learner with great zeal to learn new technologies. My field (GIS and Remote Sensing) requires someone who is open to learn new technologies and I’m someone who quickly grasps latest methodologies of solving tasks.

            4. Ideal business title:

            • Forest Planning Manager
            • GIS and Forest Inventory Head

            5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

            • Organizing and carrying out forest enumeration activities
            • Planning, coordination and Implementation of GIS and Remote Sensing projects.
            • Organizing training in GIS and Remote Sensing applications.
            • Database design and implementation.
            • Supervision of Forest Mapping and Inventory field staff.

            6. Skill area of competence:
            5 years in Forest Planning, GIS and Remote Sensing, Forest Mapping

            7. Achievements: 
            I have introduced a real time satellite based Fire Incidences Monitoring system for the Zimbabwe Forestry Commission. This has enabled foresters to attend to fire incidences quickly.

            8. What do you absolutely love doing?
            Solving challenging problems which are in line with my field of study.

            Request CV

              Ref: 1159807
              Nationality: British
              Qualifications: Honours and N.Dip - Forestry
              Annual Package Range: R 751 000 - 850 000, per annum
              Total Years Experience: More than 30 years
              Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu, German
              Gender: Male
              Ethnicity: Caucasian/White

              Snr Specialist: GIS / Remote Sensing

              Online Interview Questions

              Current / most recent job title?
              Snr Specialist: GIS/Remote Sensing

              1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
              Extract relevant management/planning information through the application of spatial technologies to enable sound business decisions to be made.

              2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

              • Identify, source and quality control appropriate spatial data to meet the project objective.
              • Apply appropriate spatial analysis techniques to develop, verify and produce the required results.
              • Review the results and adapt to different planning/perceived scenarios

              3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
              A discipline specialist who enjoys working within a multi-disciplinary team environment, where I can bring my skills in working with spatial data to allow the bigger picture to be seen, as well as relevant details. This is particularly the case where the context is a forestry/agriculture /natural resource environment.

              4. Ideal business title: 
              GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist

              5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

              • Develop/apply appropriate spatial technologies to meet business objectives
              • Develop staff to manage these technologies effectively

              6. Skill area of competence:

              • GIS Management; Training/Mentoring of GIS staff
              • GIS Database design/implementation
              • GIS systems design/implementation (including enterprise level)
              • GIS data analysis
              • Remote Sensing data processing and analysis (optical; Lidar; Radar system)
              • Forest Planning – Yield Regulation; Site/Species Matching; Inventory

              7. Career summary:

              • Forest Management – 10 years
              • Forest Research – 2 Years
              • Forest Planning – 3 Years
              • GIS/Remote Sensing applications in Forestry: 20 Years
              • GIS/Remote Sensing Consulting – 3 years

              8. Achievements: 
              I introduced Remote Sensing technologies (Optical and Lidar) into the company I worked for, which became part of the operational functions in managing the company, particularly from a monitoring/verification aspect. I also introduced web-based information delivery services using GIS and related non-spatial data to assist foresters in their daily planning and management tasks

              9. What do you absolutely love doing?
              Applying GIS/Remote Sensing technologies within a multi-disciplinary team

              10. Ideal company (culture and values):
              One that is not hierarchical (i.e. flat structure); values the individual contribution and allows that to develop for the benefit of the whole team. Minimal corporate politics!

              Request CV

                Ref: 1159624
                Nationality: South African
                Qualifications: BSc - Forestry
                Annual Package Range: R 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
                Total Years Experience: 1 to 2 years
                Home and other languages: SiSwati, English, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa
                Gender: Male
                Ethnicity: African / Black

                Forester

                Online Interview Questions

                Current / most recent job title?
                Forester

                1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
                It is to improve the company productivity while reducing the cost and maximise profit. To also ensure that safety of the workers and the environment is being kept accordingly.To work for and be an asset to the company not a liability of it.

                2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:
                Lean from others how the company works, respect everyone and also work hard to provide the company with good work always.

                3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
                Management of all sales and equipment of the company also marketing the company to high level of the supply chain. Self motivated able to work not under close supervision and problem solving ability and always willing to bring innovation In the company. Currently seeking for a permanent job opportunity to improve an organisation that is in need of an individual that will improve production

                4. Ideal business title:

                • Operational Forestry Manager
                • Operational Forester

                5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
                To manage the forestry plantations for growth to produce more timber while conserving the nature and don’t pollute the environment.

                6. Career summary:
                One year doing silvicultural Operations and 8 months in harvesting of timber

                7. Achievements: 
                I graduated top of my class and I was also a chairperson of the Uneven forestry association

                8. What do you absolutely love doing?
                Creative development e.g creating scientific ways of how our trees can speed up growth.

                9. Ideal company (culture and values):
                A company that do commercial forest or plants from establishment to harvesting.

                Request CV

                  Ref: 1159573
                  Nationality: South African
                  Qualifications: N.Dip - Forestry
                  Annual Package Range: ZAR 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
                  Total Years Experience: 1 to 2 years
                  Home and other languages: IsiXhosa, English, Zulu
                  Gender: Male
                  Ethnicity: African / Black

                  Forestry Trainee

                  Online Interview Questions

                  Current / most recent job title?
                  Forestry Trainee

                  1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

                  Enumaration

                  2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

                  Collect data and do analysis to determine cost of tree volumes

                  3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

                  I am a self driven individual who is willing to learn, and who works well with a team and have learnt to motivate team members.

                  4. Ideal business title: 

                  Silviculture harvesting forester

                  5. Skill area of competence:

                  1 year of silviculture operations, fire protection, harvesting, transport

                  6. What do you absolutely love doing?

                  Reading